Ringmer and Lewes will finally be linked by a dedicated cycle path after planning permission was given for the eastern section of the project by the South Downs National Park Authority’s Planning Committee.
The route will join the existing section along the Lewes-Ringmer road, then go up Mill Lane to the top of Mill Road.
Cllr Rosalyn St Pierre and Robert Cheesman, representing the Friends of Lewes, expressed grave concerns over the safety of a route that leads cyclists to the top of a busy and narrow residential road, then drops to a junction with the A26 on Malling Hill.
Cllr Chris Bowers said the granting of permission was “fantastic”. He shared her worries, but did not think it would be an issue. Cyclists would continue to use Earwig Corner, he believed.
Cllr St Pierre delivered a petition from local residents who objected to the route at an earlier stage of the planning process. She said: “By routing to Mill Road, only adult and very fit cyclists can make this hill and must then negotiate with vehicles both on the road and at the junction.”